Moments of wit and invention transform an old toilet block to a community space
East Midlands RIBA Regional Award 2019
Architect practice: Studio Gedye and Ares Landscape Architects for Hathersage Parish Council
Contract value: £211,000
Cost per m²: £776
A former run-down toilet block in the village, this valuable new space was realised by rotating a new building through 900 from the footprint of the toilet block to unlock a new outdoor room. There are moments of wit and invention; the folded elliptical zinc roof being an obvious, sculptural moment that provides a needed civic scale. The parish room facing the square was a late and important move, while the WCs on the far side of the community space are set back within precast stone reveals and entered through ledge and brace doors, fixing the building in its rural context. Considered landscaping completes this well-conceived and designed building and public space.
Project Architect of the Year
Client of the Year